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The review, dispute, and correction process for the Open Payments Program for program year 2019 will open April 1. Physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute any updated records attributed to them by reporting entities until May 15.   Members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology may also update or check the accuracy of their disclosures at COI.asco.org. 
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) CPT Editorial Panel created a new CPT code effective March 13, 2020 to describe coronavirus testing provided by hospitals, health systems and laboratories in the United States. CPT® Code Description 87635-Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique
On March 6, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar declared a public health emergency effective January 27, 2020, affording the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  the flexibility to quickly support Medicare beneficiaries.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the following Quality Payment Program (QPP) resources to the QPP Resource Library to help clinicians understand how to participate in QPP in the 2020 performance period:
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) Help Desk responds to thousands of requests each year to support professionals committed to providing quality healthcare. Provide CMS with your feedback for improvement to the QPP Help Desk. Feedback can be provided over the phone and will be conducted through interviews from February 12-28, 2020. If you have any questions, e-mail QPPUserResearch@cms.hhs.gov or contact kiel.mclaughlin@agile6.com to schedule an interview.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted its Patient-Centered Oncology Payment model for consideration by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) as a way to improve the quality of cancer care, while lowering costs.   “Participation by the Medicare and Medicaid programs would advance this model in its intent to establish communities of providers and payers working together to improve cancer care delivery.” said ASCO in its submission letter. 
The next CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Professionals Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday January 29, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET. Agenda and conference call information is provided below: Agenda: Opening Remarks Announcements: Announcement on New Prior Authorization Process Open Payment The Importance of Diagnosis Reporting and Physician Documentation under the PDGM Open Q & A Open Door Participation Instructions:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently discovered and corrected inconsistencies in the data after releasing final 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility data.  If you checked your eligibility following the December 4th listserv announcing final MIPS eligibility, your status may have been affected by the data inconsistencies.